Thursday, December 09, 2021

Masantol repeals order on opening of cemeteries

IATF COMPLIANT. An advisory regarding the closure of all cemeteries in Masantol town from October 29 to November 2 is posted at the gate of a private memorial park in compliance with the IATF directive. (Princess Clea Arcellaz)

FOLLOWING the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), the local government of Masantol has ordered the closure of all cemeteries in town from October 29 to November 2.

This new directive was contained in an order repealing the previous local government's announcement that memorial parks in the town are open on November 1 and 2 with only 30 percent capacity.

Mayor Danilo Guintu signed Executive Order (EO) 30 S. 2021 in compliance with the IATF directive on the temporary closure of cemeteries due to the standing threat of coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

Under the new EO, residents are allowed to visit and pay their respects to their departed loved ones before or after the said closure dates, but still with strict observance of health protocols.

Maximum volume of people allowed is still at 30 percent of the memorial parks' original capacity, the EO stated.

Guintu also reminded that wearing of face mask and face shield is still a must, and all are advised to limit their visiting time to avoid crowd build-up in the cemeteries.

"Naiintindihan po natin ang kagustuhan na bisitahin ang mga yumaong mahal sa buhay pero huwag po natin kakalimutan ang banta ng Covid-19 kaya doble ingat parati," he said.

(We understand the people’s desire to visit their departed loved ones, but let us also not forget the threat of Covid-19.)


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